Wynonna Judd delivers SURPRISE performance at CMA Fest

Wynonna Judd delivered a surprise performance this Friday at CMA Fest 2022 in Nashville’s Nissan Stadium.

The 58-year-old appeared onstage during Carly Pearce’s set and they delighted the crowd by regaling them with a soul-stirring duet.

Their song of choice was Why Not Me, a number that Wynonna introduced in the 1980s with her mother Naomi, who committed suicide in April.

Singing up a storm: Wynonna Judd delivered a surprise performance this Friday at CMA Fest 2022 in Nashville’s Nissan Stadium

Wynonna earned an uproarious applause break when she let out her trademark growl and belted out the title line at the end of the song.

Naomi and Wynonna were known as The Judds and shot fame together as a country duo, achieving icon status in the music industry over the decades.

‘CMA Fest, we lost one of our absolute pillars in country music earlier this year: Miss Naomi Judd,’ Carly said onstage Friday, according to the Tennessean.

‘As a girl growing up in Kentucky, I idolized the Judds and wanted to be like them. My first concert was to see Wynonna,’ she went on.

Making it happen: The 58-year-old appeared onstage during Carly Pearce's set and they delighted the crowd by regaling them with a soul-stirring duet

Making it happen: The 58-year-old appeared onstage during Carly Pearce’s set and they delighted the crowd by regaling them with a soul-stirring duet

Touching: Their song of choice was Why Not Me, a number that Wynonna introduced in the 1980s with her mother Naomi, who committed suicide in April

Touching: Their song of choice was Why Not Me, a number that Wynonna introduced in the 1980s with her mother Naomi, who committed suicide in April

Stealing the show: Wynonna earned an uproarious applause break when she let out her trademark growl and belted out the title line at the end of the song

Stealing the show: Wynonna earned an uproarious applause break when she let out her trademark growl and belted out the title line at the end of the song

She's a fan: 'As a girl growing up in Kentucky, I idolized the Judds and wanted to be like them,' Carly said on stage, revealing: 'My first concert was to see Wynonna'

She’s a fan: ‘As a girl growing up in Kentucky, I idolized the Judds and wanted to be like them,’ Carly said on stage, revealing: ‘My first concert was to see Wynonna’

Wynonna has updated fans on how she's healing in the wake of Naomi's tragic suicide at the age of 76 on April 30;  The two were snapped at the CMT Awards April 11

Wynonna has updated fans on how she’s healing in the wake of Naomi’s tragic suicide at the age of 76 on April 30; The two were snapped at the CMT Awards April 11

‘And I’ve always loved all of the music that the Judds made and feel like it is such a representation of the best of country music, So CMA Fest, please make welcome Wynonna Judd,’ she said, stunning the audience as she brought Wynonna on.

Wynonna took to Instagram to give fans an update on how she’s coping a month after the tragic suicide death of her mother Naomi Judd at 76.

‘Checking in,’ the Ashland, Kentucky native, 57, said in the caption of the social media post. ‘There is so much happening in the world right now. Before I sat down to write this, I thought, “No…I just don’t know what to say.” Then, I heard the words from my life coach asking me, “What do you know?” And I began to cry.’

The No One Else on Earth artist continued, ‘WHAT DO I KNOW?? I DO know, that the pain of losing Mom on 4/30 to suicide is so great, that I often feel like I’m not ever going to be able to fully accept and surrender to the truth that she left the way she did. This cannot be how The Judds story ends.’

The latest: At the end of last month Wynonna took to Instagram to give fans an update on how she's coping a month after the tragic suicide death of her mother Naomi Judd at 76. She was snapped at a tribute to her late mother in Nashville May 15

The latest: At the end of last month Wynonna took to Instagram to give fans an update on how she’s coping a month after the tragic suicide death of her mother Naomi Judd at 76. She was snapped at a tribute to her late mother in Nashville May 15

Wynonna said that amid the tragic time, and with a focus on being ‘a healthier grandparent’ for her baby grandchild Kaliyah, she knows she ‘must continue to show up for’ herself ‘and do the personal healing work’ in an effort ‘to break the cycle of addiction & family dysfunction.’

Wynonna added: ‘I know that it is a simple steps program, and those steps are not easy to take at times. Therefore, I’ve made a commitment to keep doing the “next right thing,” and schedule weekly appointments so that I continue with the ongoing work, even when I have good days.’

Wynonna said that she feels ‘so helpless – right now especially’ and cited the Judds’ hit 1990 song Love Can Build A Bridge that her late mother penned.

‘I DO know, that as corny as it sounds, Love Can Build A Bridge,’ she said. ‘I find myself humming the song that Mom wrote for the fans, to myself here on the farm at night.’

Wynonna took to the stage at the tribute to her late mother earlier this month

Wynonna took to the stage at the tribute to her late mother earlier this month

Wynonna said she was aware of her support system amid the trying times following the family tragedy, and dedicated to performing.

‘I really DO know, that I’m not able to do this grieving thing all by myself, and that it’s okay to reach out for help,’ she said. ‘I will continue to fight for my faith, for my SELF, for my family, and I WILL continue to show up & sing.’

Wynonna wrapped up the emotional post in saying, ‘Thank you all for your love and support. Let’s check in more often.’

The update came less than a month after Wynonna and sister Ashley Judd, 54, announced Naomi’s passing in a statement on social media.

Ashley and Wynonna Judd fought back tears at the Country Music Hall of Fame ceremony in Nashville May 1

Wynonna and Ashley issued a statement April 30 announcing the family tragedy

Wynonna and Ashley issued a statement April 30 announcing the family tragedy

‘Today we sisters experienced a tragedy,’ the sisters said. ‘We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness. We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her by her public. We are in unknown territory.’

The day after Naomi’s death, The Judds were indicted into the Country Music Hall of Fame at the CMA Theater in Nashville, where Wynonna pledged to continue performing, telling the audience, ‘Though my heart’s broken, I will continue to sing, because that’s what we do.’

Ashley told the crowd through tears, ‘I’m sorry that she couldn’t hang on until today.’

Wynonna will be touring this fall on The Judds: The Final Tour, which she was initially slated to be on with her mother. A number of country music artists, such as Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, Brandi Carlile, Little Big Town, Martina McBride and Ashley McBryde, will accompany Wynonna on selected nights on the tour.

‘I am humbled, once again, by the loyalty of the fans who have been with us for 38+ years, who continue to show up for me when I need them the most,’ Wynonna said in a May 19 statement.

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